Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach

Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach

by LOCKWOOD
ISBN-10:
0807749230
ISBN-13:
2900807749233
Pub. Date:
01/09/2009
Publisher:
Teachers College Press

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Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach

In this dynamic look at the current state of character education, Alan Lockwood assesses its strengths and weaknesses and finds fault with leading advocates for failing to respond to sound critiques of their work. Lockwood argues that contemporary character education can be significantly improved by using key principles from established theories and research on developmental psychology. He offers numerous examples to support his recommendations while inviting character education theorists and practitioners to generate their own implications from his presentation. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in improving the quality of values-based education for children and adolescents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900807749233
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 01/09/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue ix

1 What Is Contemporary Character Education? 1

Establishing a Definition of Contemporary Character Education 1

A Definition of Contemporary Character Education 11

2 The Criticisms of Contemporary Character Education 13

The General Theory 13

The View of Human Nature 14

The View of Values 15

The Psychological Assumptions 22

The Educational Perspective 31

Summary 32

3 Responses to the Criticisms 34

How to Respond 34

Assessing the Soundness of Curricular Criticism 35

Responding to Criticisms of the General Theory 37

Summary 44

4 The Formation of a Developmental Perspective 45

Why We Need a Developmental Perspective 45

An Overview of Developmental Perspectives 47

Erik Erikson's Developmentalism 48

Lawrence Kohlberg's Expansion of Developmentalism 54

Summary 66

5 The Theory of Developmental Character Education 68

A Modification of the Definition of Contemporary Character Education 68

The Goals of Developmental Character Education 70

Features of Developmental Character Education 71

Highlights of the Theory 77

Why We Need Developmental Character Education 78

6 The Practice of Developmental Character Education 80

Developmental Curriculum Content 80

Developmental Instructional Practices 89

Summary 97

Epilogue 99

What Is Character Education? 99

The Value of Developmental Character Education 100

A Final Comment 101

References 103

Index 107

About the Author 112

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